Nebraska Football: Top 10 Newcomers for the 2011 Cornhuskers

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Nebraska Football: Top 10 Newcomers for the 2011 Cornhuskers
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A once-promising basketball season that turned sour is now over, and it's time for Husker fans to turn their attention to spring football.

The Huskers have a unique opportunity in their inaugural Big Ten season.

Ohio State is in the midst of turmoil surrounding their five star players and beloved head coach, Wisconsin loses an underrated game-manager in Scott Tolzien along with two of their top offensive linemen, and Michigan looks to have yet another down year while transitioning head coaches.

While these three programs will still be very competitive, there likely won't be another year in which all three of these teams will be beatable for a long time.

To capitalize on this opportunity, however, Nebraska will need to develop a strong offense to complement the resurrected Blackshirts defense, which will also need to do some reloading this off-season.

Bo Pelini successfully signed his best recruiting class since becoming Nebraska's head coach, and arguably the best class since 2005 (a class littered with talent that included Ndamukong Suh, Zac Taylor, Marlon Lucky and Barry Turner).

Many of these players could find themselves contributing early for the new-look Huskers, and this list ranks those who could make the biggest immediate impacts for Nebraska.

NOTE:  Bubba Starling is included only as an honorable mention for the sole reason that he still may not end up in Lincoln this fall.

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